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Twenty-five years into filmdom and only 64 films to his credit, hero Venkatesh has a long way to go to make it to the 100-mark. But at the pace he is presently wrapping the projects, would he pull through? Here’s a lowdown…
Veteran hero Venkatesh recently completing his 25-year run in cinema has made one and all pore over his film career. However, the fact that the actor is still far much behind to hit a century has raised many an eyebrow. The silver jubilee year has witnessed the Daggubati scion registering only 64 movies to his credit. Interestingly, ‘King’ Nagarjuna, who is also celebrating 25th anniversary in tinsel town, is ahead of the race with 76 films. The two incidentally were introduced as child artistes – Venkatesh in ANR’s Premnagar (claims his producer-brother Suresh Babu) and Nagarjuna in Aadurti Subba Rao’s Sudigundalu.
K Raghavendra Rao’s Kaliyuga Pandavulu (1986) saw Venkatesh set out on the journey to stardom. The coming years only placed him in the band of matinee idols. Needless to say, it was a roller-coaster ride! The celeb kept regaling the audiences with some electrifying performances as a lover boy, action hero, family man, sentimental person and humorist. The likes of Prema, Bobbili Raja, Chanti, Pavitrabandham, Kalsundam Raa, Nuvvu Naku Nachchav, Ganesh and Lakshmi speak in volumes about the true artiste in him. Such are his expressions that even actor-politician Chiranjeevi confessed to have failed persistently in enacting emotional drama so well like Venky.
Commenting on the same, renowned critic Jeevi says, “Venkatesh has been selective and confined to 2-3 releases a year ever since he forayed into films, while his counterpart Nagarjuna concentrated on quantity as well.” A glance at the career graph of the star would throw light on vital statistics. He has a maximum of five releases in 1987 and 1996, while the years of 2003 (Vasantham), 2006 (Lakshmi) and 2008 (Chintakayala Ravi) saw him in just a project each.
Venky nevertheless ensured to strike a balance between family-oriented and mass flicks over the period. Thus, he gratified the cult viewers as well, thanks to his penchant for portraying distinct roles. As regards market, public is never disappointed for, he is one of the most reliable sources of entertainment in the T-town. Hence, he is fondly called ‘Victory’ Venkatesh.
The humble hero however is desperate for more, evident in his words: “I would like to introduce many more beautiful heroines to the Telugu film industry like Divya Bharati, Tabu, Anjala Javeri, Preeti Zinta, Aarthi Agarwal, Shilpa Shetty and Katrina Kaif, do as many films as possible under K Raghavendra Rao’s direction, become ‘Brahmaputrudu’ in Dasari’s heart, impress the Bollywood audience as ‘Anari’, make my fans say ‘Nuvvu Naaku Nachchav’ and continue as ‘Bodyguard’ forever.”
Even so, the actor would succeed in hitting the bull’s eye provided he goes for character roles, opined Jeevi. The critic, in view of Venkatesh’s working style, believes that the icon might get limited to 10-15 more films in the near future if he prefers playing solo main leads. The reason he puts across is the pace at which Venky is presently completing his ventures. But then, since the Daggubati heir is a game for multi-starrers (did Eenadu with Kamal Hassan and now gave a nod to ‘Dil’ Raju’s production with Mahesh Babu) too, there is scope for him to manage the competition from the Gen-Y. Well, we all need a century Venky!
Thursday, 30 September 2010
After a tedious wait of three long years, the die-hard fans of Mahesh are exuberant and upbeat over watching their ‘screen idol’ groove to Manisharma’s melody, romance sexy Anuskha and sizzle in action sequences, in his latest flick Khaaleja slated for release on October 7. The Trivikram-Mahesh combo, after the blockbuster hit Athadu, has been driving the attention of all and sundry apart from the industry verticals.
“Khaaleja sure will be one of the biggest hits in my career. The whole team is confident of its success irrespective of the hype and hoopla,” Mahesh quoted at the recent launch of UniverCell outlet in Himayatnagar. Now, Mahesh has Dookudu with director Srinu Vaitla that will be soon on the floors.
After Sony launched the film’s music over Internet a while ago, Mahesh’s son Gautam Krishna had launched the music CD at Radio Mirchi FM station. “We thought of keeping this a low key affair yet innovative. The response to the music has been overwhelming. Of all the six songs, Sada Siva… is my fav,” says Mahesh, known for maintaining a low profile all through.
The film has the Prince playing a loud, brash and funny (unlike his earlier roles) taxi driver and Anushka bringing him bad-luck every time she bounces upon him. “My performance in Khaaleja would sure be appreciated. Since the long break has seen the evolution of actor in me. Like earlier, I’ll be choosy about the characters I play. But now on, you will notice a different Mahesh in every performance,” the handsome hunk declares.
Sporting a new hairstyle and elegant look in Khaaleja, the Prince was quite charming off the screen, too. “Mamta Anand did the wonders. Namrata of course lent her hand. Don’t I look stunning,” Mahesh poses a question with a bewitching smile.
Now that his wife Namrata, in an interview, tagged him one of the finest actors even in Bollywood, was she hinting at his prospective entry into the B-town? “Oh no! Now I can’t think of anything beyond Telugu films (he is quite particular about referring to Tollywood as Telugu film industry),” the charming dude humbly replies.
The most active (and attractive) south star on Twitter has signed a two-year contract with Provogue, after the recent Amrutanjan campaign. In fact, Mahesh is endorsing maximum number of products compared to his contemporaries, which in deed speaks in volumes of his fan following and approach in the masses.
“Provogue is a coincidence and has nothing to do with Khaaleja promotion,” he makes the clouds clear. “Their creations are the best in the country and really excite me, which I make sure of before endorsing a product.” The screen-scorcher is as well looking forward to meet his fans through the brand, as was in the case of Thums Up and UniverCell. After films, endorsement is certainly the best means to stay closer to one’s admirers. And, Prince Mahesh Babu has struck the right chord!